CityFolk Logo - 25 Years (1993 - 2018) September 12: Tedeschi Trucks Band September 12: Kaleo September 12: Steve Earle & The Dukes September 13: David Byrne September 16: The Decemberists September 14: Nick Murphy (Chet Faker) September 15: Hozier September 15: Michael McDonald September 16: Janis Ian


One of the best parts of any folk festival is the opportunity to engage in what’s going on and to get in on the dancing, playing music, art projects, and so much more. CityFolk is no exception! You may find opportunities to join in around any corner of the festival – we encourage you to take up the adventure.

Here are just a few of the many options for participating at the festival…


Whether you’re a big kid or a small one, there’s something for you at CityFolk! The BSOMA KidZone is open from 2-6PM on Saturday and Sunday with family-friendly activities such as face painting, crafts, playing a variety of musical instruments & more. Come and bring the kids or discover the kid inside you!


Silent Auction

Be sure to check out the brand new Silent Auction this year, you can get some awesome goods and help us raise money for the Bluesfest School of Music and Art (BSOMA)! BSOMA brings music into the lives of children in need across Ottawa in its home at Festival House, the CityFolk office Headquarters on Churchill Avenue.

CityFolk, in conjunction with RBC Bluesfest, delivers music education programs to children across Ottawa. We believe all children should have a chance to experience music in their developmental years, and as a non-profit organization, we strive to deliver these programs in an affordable and accessible manner.

CityFolk 50/50 Draw

Daily 50/50 draw: tickets can be bought from our 50/50 Raffle Volunteers.  Winning numbers are posted daily on our website and at the 50/50 headquarters inside Aberdeen Pavilion.

Ogilvie Subaru Logo

Ogilvie Subaru

Ogilvie Subaru is proud to be the 2018 title sponsor of CityFolk’s VIP Zone. We invite you to come and visit our Ogilvie Subaru tents and check out the our all new vehicles!

Casino Lac-Leamy

Casino Lac-Leamy presents Hi- Lo: guess if the next card to be turned will be higher or lower than the previous. Each right guess gets you a key. Guaranteed chance to try your luck at opening the mystery box and win a prize!


Lyft is thrilled to be a part of CityFolk! Drop by the Lyft booth all week long to hear about our promotions and for a chance to win prizes.

Man autographing for a child

Autograph Tent

Imagine your favourite artist wants to meet you…!  Get an autograph and take home a priceless memory.  Visit the Autograph Tent when you’re on site for each day’s schedule of artist autograph sessions. The Autograph tent is also in close proximity to the Merch Tent so you can pick up the latest CD and swag from your favourite acts as well as newly discovered gems. It’s also a great photo op zone!

Man wearing Mill Street Brewery virtual reality headset

Mill St.

The Mill Street Virtual Reality Tour takes viewers though the full brewing process from grain to glass, led by Brewmaster Joel Manning. Learn about the history of Mill Street Brewery and the wide variety of craft brands they produce. The experience is run on a fully functioning GearVR app, featuring binaural 3D audio alongside the 360 visuals, providing a truly immersive tour. This tour will make you want to run to the bar and enjoy a delicious brew.